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390028 UK PhD-E: Scientific Writing (2011W)

Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Montag 03.10. 13:00 - 15:00 (Seminarraum 2 Hohenstaufengasse 9 1.Stock)
Mittwoch 05.10. 11:00 - 13:00 (Seminarraum 2 Hohenstaufengasse 9 1.Stock)
Freitag 07.10. 09:00 - 11:00 (Seminarraum 2 Hohenstaufengasse 9 1.Stock)
Samstag 08.10. 10:00 - 12:00 (Seminarraum 2 Hohenstaufengasse 9 1.Stock)
Donnerstag 03.11. 09:00 - 11:00 (Seminarraum 2 Hohenstaufengasse 9 1.Stock)
Freitag 04.11. 09:00 - 12:00 (Seminarraum 2 Hohenstaufengasse 9 1.Stock)
Samstag 05.11. 09:00 - 11:00 (Seminarraum 2 Hohenstaufengasse 9 1.Stock)
Mittwoch 30.11. 11:00 - 13:00 (Seminarraum 2 Hohenstaufengasse 9 1.Stock)
Donnerstag 01.12. 09:00 - 11:00 (Seminarraum 2 Hohenstaufengasse 9 1.Stock)
Freitag 02.12. 09:00 - 11:00 (Seminarraum 2 Hohenstaufengasse 9 1.Stock)


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This is a workshop in scientific writing designed for students in economics, computer science, statistics, and applied mathematics - or in general, any field that uses formal, mathematical methods. Besides a general discussion of attitudes and voice, clarity and style, or questions like How to make yourself write?, this course offers a specific discussion of the form and style requirements as they have become standard in the respective disciplines. We will discuss, for example, how to write an abstract, structure an article, organize notes and references, etc. Another special feature of this course is that it addresses the question How to write Mathematics? - that is, how to combine verbal and formal reasoning, choose notation, or typeset and reference mathematical formulae. Throughout the course, the emphasis is not on presenting ``truths,'' but on highlighting choices and discussing the trade offs between different alternatives.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Registration and Evaluation:

In order to register for this course, please
- register via univis, and
- send me a description of your dissertation project until September 30th, 2011, by e-mail to: christina.pawlowitsch@univie.ac.at

Evaluation for this course is based on
(i) your participation in class, and
(ii) your preparation of reading and writing assignments.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Ultimately the aim of this course is to give you ideas how you can organize your own process of writing (and reviewing) and how you can make use of standard resources on writing and editing like The Chicago Manual of Style or other style and writing guides, journal web sites, etc.


The course will be organized as a series of combined classes - lecture and
workshops. We will read and analyze text in class, there will be reading and writing assignments for home, and I will meet with students individually or in small groups to discuss their texts.



There are two main references for this course:

- Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and
Dissertations, 7th Edition, Revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb,
Joseph M. Williams, and the University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff, University of Chicago Press, 2007, and

- The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Other style guides and works on writing that I will use are:

- American Mathematical Society. A Manual for Authors of Mathematical
Papers, 3rd rev. ed. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society,

- Clark, Roy Peter. Writing Tools. 50 Essential Strategies for every Writer, First paperback ed. New York: Little Brown and Company, 2008.

- Miller, J.E. The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers. Chigaco: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

- Steenrod, Norman E., Halmos, Paul R., Schiffer, M.M., and Jean A., Dieudonne. How to Write Mathematics. Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, 1973.

- Strunk, William Jr., and E.B. White. The Elements of Style, 4th ed. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2000.

- Williams, Joseph M. Style: Toward Clarity and Grace, With two chapters coauthored by Gregory G. Colomb. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

- Zinsser, William. On Writing Well, 30th anniversary ed. New York: Harper Collins, 2006.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:46